Verizon users to have more speed with 4G update

Starting Thursday, local Verizon customers with smartphones will see a dramatic increase in their ability to transmit and receive mobile data, when the company expands its 4G LTE network to the Grand Junction area.

With the right device, the improvement means streaming video without interruption, online gaming with no delays, and the ability to download songs from the Internet in seconds.

Most folks with smartphones today operate on the older 3G network. Data speeds don’t match the improved performance of 4G LTE, which a spokesman for Verizon compared to most homes’ broadband Internet connection.

“The LTE network is going to be a dramatic improvement over what they’ve seen with a 3G network,” said Verizon’s Bob Kelley. He said Verizon is the only company in Colorado to offer the LTE network.

You’ll need a 4G LTE-enabled smartphone to see the difference, though. Verizon offers a litany of devices that run 4G LTE, and Motorola recently introduced a number of Razr models that use the new technology.

Verizon customers shouldn’t expect an improvement in coverage for run-of-the-mill phone calls, though. Voice traffic is still carried on the 3G network, Kelley said.

The company says that the new network coverage area in Grand Junction will extend throughout the metro area, and include Colorado Mesa University.


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